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Bowater Hyundai helping Big Brothers Big Sisters soar and succeed

Written by Media Manager.

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(BBBS) is an organisation making a “big” difference in children and young people’s lives, creating lasting bonds and providing access to opportunities that every child should have, through mentoring.

BBBS has a very necessary mission: to help children and youth realise their potential, build their futures,
and strengthen communities. They believe that every child deserves to “soar and succeed”.

Bowater Hyundai is a cornerstone sponsor and supports Big Brothers Big Sisters because they believe in the values of mentoring and contributing to the community.

There has been no looking back since the first match was made in 1998, says programme director Chelsea Routhan, BBBS Nelson.

“Nelson has a strong reputation for volunteering and this is very much evident in the 180 young people
each currently matched with a mentor. Collectively BBBS Nelson mentors last year volunteered 12,850 hours; that’s a massive contribution to the community.”

Research backs up the outcomes from BBBS – mentoring changes the trajectory of young lives, with mentored kids more likely to do better at school and avoid risky behaviours.

“The relationships formed through BBBS are intended to help inspire the children involved and make them see they have choices. The positive outcomes cause a ripple effect through the whole community"

“As a community-funded organisation that exists through the generosity, support and partnership of like-minded people, we are very grateful for the support of Bowater Hyundai for providing us a vehicle to get around the region. This has been especially invaluable as we are growing in the Motueka region where we have 20 young people matched with a mentor. It is with this type of support we can start to match more children in the Nelson-Tasman region.”

“Imagine if every child was able to fulfil their potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters reaches the young people who need extra support from a caring adult.”

Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

Daryl Pritchard. A depth of experience & the voice of reason.

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Daryl has been in the car industry for a long time, ever since he started as an apprentice mechanic for the Post Office's Workshop in Wellington, where he grew up.

We are fortunate to have him, and all of his varied vehicle industry experience, with us at Bowater Hyundai since 2010. He has seen the Hyundai brand go from strength to strength and has a depth of technical knowledge of the evolution of the range of vehicles. 

Daryl lives in Stoke with his wife, they have four grown children living as far afield as Wellington and Sydney. A proud supporter of the Hurricanes and the Lions, Daryl maintains his strong connection to the city he grew up in.

He is a strong believer in the Bowater Motor Group philosophy of giving back to the community and thrives on "the strong focus of ethical business within the company". As such Daryl is a strong advocate for the special relationships that Bowater Hyundai has built with community partners such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Victory Boxing.

Daryl is an enthusiastic fisherman and says his lack of results has failed to deter him from his enthusiasm. Click here to contact Daryl.